How to Choose the Best Coffee Maker

By on 2014
How to choose the best coffee maker

Coffee lovers everywhere and their adoration for the famed beverage and all its forms all long to bring the coffee shop experience to their own homes or on their office.

Apart from just making coffee itself, the aim is to capture the taste and vibe and bring those elements home. From this sprung the need for coffee makers. Coffee makers come in different varieties all with different capabilities. Some simply make coffee while others are specialized devices capable of dishing out complicated / mixed drinks. The equipment is the main component that mediate the transition from beans (or pod) to coffee, the link between the coffee lover and his delicious brew.

The coffee maker of choice handles a big part on the actual flavor of your brew. The coffee flavor we all crave literally starts from extracting taste elements from ground coffee beans. There are a wide variety of coffee beans available each with its own characteristic taste and aroma which is then also affected by type of roasting.

The first step is the grinding of roasted coffee beans. The kind of grind affects the amount of extracted coffee elements, and therefore the strength of your brew. The coffee maker of choice also controls other elements that affect the coffee flavor like the brewing method, brewing temperature and contact time.

As with any choices that we make, it’s better to have done an informed choice. Here are a few things to keep in mind before purchasing the best coffee maker for you!

  • Budget – of course!
  • Volume of Consumption – are you just preparing coffee for 2 or are you brewing for a bunch of coffee guzzlers in your office? You would want a machine/method that would be fit for you needs. Too small a machine and coffee production would be slow.
  • Type of beverage preferred – are you someone who digs brewed coffee or cappuccinos? You might need a different type of machine for certain coffee preparation.

 

Which Coffee Machine to Choose?

 
French Press
 
It is a glass or stainless steel shaped into a mug-like form with a lid that has a plunger with filter. Coarse ground coffee beans are placed in the unit’s bottom together with hot water. Stir the coffee grounds and water gently. Allow for 4 minutes contact time after which the extraction is complete. Push the plunger down to separate the beans from the water. This method allows you full control of your brew and doesn’t use electricity. It takes time to master though but the coffee perks are rewarding.
 
Percolator
 
Though considered somewhat dated, percolators are still currently available. The older ones are designed for stovetop use and the modern ones are run by electricity. New stainless steel percolators are commonly used for high-volume applications. Some enthusiasts believe that percolating coffee grounds make the best tasting coffee. There is usually a small window on percolators that allow you to see the color of the coffee inside and determine if it’s already done. Turning off the machine or the stove stops the extraction.
 
Automatic Drip Coffee Machine
 
This is the most common type of coffee machine nowadays. Most units have a water reservoir, a filter chamber, and a glass or metal carafe. Some are even programmable so that you could schedule coffee brewing. Coffee preparation starts with placing measured amounts of coffee grounds to the filter chamber. Upon turning on the machine the unit draws water from the reservoir, heat it and continuously “drip” it into the filter chamber where it passes through the ground coffee allowing it to soak-in the coffee flavor. This gets filtered and drips coffee into the carafe. Most units also have a heater to keep the coffee in the carafe warm. As with modern gadgets, this makes the process hassle free.
 
Espresso Machine
 
This is the Rolls-Royce among coffee makers producing a rich and concentrated brew favored by baristas and coffee connoisseurs. The coffee or “espresso” produced by this machine is the starting point of different coffee beverages such as cappuccinos, cafe lattes and more. The process involves hot and pressurized extraction from finely ground coffee. Units also have a milk frother and the like for milk preparation for lattes and more.

With all this information and your personal preference, how to choose the best coffee maker for you becomes a much easier affair whether coffee drinking is just a morning ritual for you or your passion.